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Retired guarantors are not eligible unless the guarantor's name still appears on the listing provided to Passport Canada by the relevant association.

The guarantor must sign the application and be able to confirm your identity. In the case of a child, the guarantor must have known the applicant (parent or legal guardian who is applying on behalf of the child) personally for at least six months and have knowledge of the child.

Duties of a guarantor

Your guarantor must perform the following tasks free of charge:

  1. Certify the information on the application form by completing and signing the "Declaration of Guarantor" section.
  2. Write, "I certify this to be a true likeness of (name of applicant or child)" on the back of one of the passport photos and sign.
  3. If applicable, sign and date a copy of the documents to support your identity.

The applicant must not assist the guarantor in performing his or her duties. If your guarantor requires assistance, contact Passport Canada.

Eligible guarantors

Your guarantor must:

  1. Be a Canadian citizen or a permanent resident living in Canada and be accessible to Passport Canada for verification.
  2. Have known you personally for at least six months.
  3. Be one of the following:
    • Chiropractor
    • Dentist
    • Judge
    • Lawyer (member of a provincial bar association), notary in Quebec
    • Magistrate
    • Mayor
    • Medical doctor
    • Minister of religion authorized under provincial law to perform marriages
    • Notary public
    • Optometrist
    • Pharmacist
    • Police officer (municipal, provincial or RCMP)
    • Postmaster
    • Principal of a primary or secondary school
    • Professional accountant (APA, CA, CGA, CMA, PA, RPA)
    • Professional engineer (P.Eng., Eng. in Quebec)
    • Senior administrator in a community college (includes CEGEPs)
    • Senior administrator or teacher in a university
    • Veterinarian

Family members

A relative may act as a guarantor for travel document purposes provided he or she meets the specified requirements.

Declaration in lieu of guarantor

If you have not known an eligible guarantor for at least six months, complete form PPTC 326 "Statutory Declaration in Lieu of Guarantor for Canadian travel documents" available from any Passport Canada office or by telephone.

Important: A person listed as a reference on the Statutory Declaration in Lieu of Guarantor cannot be listed as a reference on the travel document application.

The "Statutory Declaration in Lieu of Guarantor" form must be sworn to or declared before, and signed by, a person authorized by law to administer an oath or a solemn declaration. If completed outside Canada, a qualified official includes a Canadian or British diplomatic or consular representative, or a qualified local official.


Footnote 1

Canadians in the following regions must use the same forms and follow the same rules as Canadians in the United States: Bermuda, American Samoa, the Midway Islands, Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands.

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